If you don’t know what a wine membership is, then you obviously aren’t related to my parents who have 5 and you probably also don’t live smack dab in the middle of wine country. Here in Oregon and probably in other areas of the world that I don’t know about, you can become club members at a winery. You sign up to receive anywhere from 2-6 bottles of wine a few times a year. Being a club member gets you discounts on wine, invites to their release parties, and access to special wine only available to club members. It’s a great way to expand your pallet and try lots of new wine, while getting it all at a discount. While those all sound like great perks, there can be a downside . . . you end up like us with cases and cases of wine.
You see, between my parents and my husband’s love for local wineries, and my husband’s fascination with the wine industry and making his own wine, we now have way more wine than we need! Now I’m not saying having too much wine is a bad thing when it comes to always having something to drink, but when you’re afraid to open certain bottles because they were expensive and you want to save them for a special occasion, or you’re home alone a lot and don’t want to be a lush and drink the whole bottle yourself, you end up with more wine than you have space to store!
We have wine on our living room shelf, wine in the garage, wine in our wine fridge, wine in our normal fridge, wine in closets, and even more wine in carboys waiting to finish fermenting (meaning we are currently in the process of making even more wine). Wow that made us either sound like hoarders or alcoholics. (Wow wouldn’t that be the greatest episode of hoarders ever, wine hoarders) It’s fun to be able to try different wines, and really fun to make our own. So far we have tried a Pinot Noir from a wine kit, Blackberry Wine, our own Pinot Noir, and are currently working on a Pinot Noir Rose. We are getting to the point where some of those wines are getting to finally be drinkable and I can’t wait to try them out and share them with our friends and family.
In the past few years, we’ve spent many weekends at different vineyards or local tasting rooms. People sometimes ask me why we live so far from the city (about 40 minutes). I commute about 45 minutes to work one way and have commuted at least that far for the past 6 years. There’s something about driving over the hill into the valley and seeing views like this that you just don’t want to give up. I like going in to Portland and having the ability to spend time in the city, but I also really like that my house is closer to 50 wineries than it is to a Target (don’t worry, my office is less than a mile from a Target).
While it may be time for us to cut back a bit on our quarterly wine shipments, wine is something that my parents and Dan and I share as a common interest and bond. Being able to go through the process of making our own wine and trying out new wineries is fun to do with both of them. So after we pick up the 6 bottles we have waiting for us at local wineries, I think its time to cancel those memberships. (I’ll let my parents keep theirs of course for us to share J) With our growing cellar (aka garage), and Dan’s continued interest and passion for the wine industry, I’ll look forward to expanding our inventory with our own vintages.
If you get a chance, check out this awesome video about wine harvest at Stoller Family Estate. And check out Dan's cameo with his ATL shirt :) So proud of his hard work!!
Check back tomorrow where I’ll be posting pictures from our day picking, pressing, and starting the process of making our own Pinot Noir Rose.